WASHINGTON — Worldwide sales of semiconductors totaled $104.6 billion during the first quarter, up 6.9% year-over-year and down 3.6% sequentially, says the Semiconductor Industry Association.

Global sales for March were $34.9 billion, an increase of 6.9% compared to March 2019 and up 0.9% sequentially.

Monthly sales are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics and represent a three-month moving average.

“First quarter global semiconductor sales slipped somewhat compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, but monthly totals for March increased month-to-month and year-to-year, indicating the available sales data has not yet fully captured the impacts of the Covid-19 health crisis,” said John Neuffer, SIA president and CEO. “Ongoing macroeconomic turmoil related to the pandemic has caused significant uncertainty for the global semiconductor market that is likely to persist in the months ahead.”

Regionally, sequential sales increased in Europe (4%), Asia Pacific/All Other (2.2%), and the Americas (1.1%), but decreased in China (0.2%) and Japan (2.1%). Sales increased year-over-year in the Americas (21.8%), Asia Pacific/All Other (4.6%), China (4.5%), and Japan (1%) but fell slightly in Europe (1.1%).


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